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M. de Phocas

James Andrew with Jesus Torres and Alexis Zambrano of M. de Phocas

James Andrew with Jesus Torres and Alexis Zambrano of M. de Phocas

When my young friends, Jesus Torres and Alexis Zambrano, had difficulty finding fine men’s accessories, they took matters into their own hands, and decided to make their own!

Named after the French author Jean Lorrain’s dandy character, Monsieur de Phocas, Toress and Zambro’s brand finds inspiration in their grandfathers’ attire. Whether it be dressing “…for social functions or merely retrieving the mail…,” collar bars, tie pins and the like were requisite—the accoutrement’s that have, (Torres and Zambrano lament on their site), “…been forgotten in the rush for expediency.” As you might imagine, I’m thrilled to see these kindred spirits reviving the elegance of a lost era.

lapis and diamond evening set M. de Phocas

Lapis and diamond evening set M. de Phocas

I was introduced to their company, M.de Phocas, through the brilliant blog, Le Noued Papillion, and became immediately enthralled by the marvelous and innovative things they were doing with cuff links and evening sets as well as with other accessories.

Agate cufflinks in an evening set by M. de Phocas

Agate cufflinks in an evening set by M. de Phocas

“Our creations are…for those who find pleasure…in selecting their accessories and wardrobe not through rules, but through the true understanding of style…,a statement of their own identity…[an] expression that makes a man unique and is presented in ways that enhances [his] sense of style.” – Excerpt from the M.de Phocas site.

M. de Phocas is also available to create fabulous bespoke pieces. “Whether our client’s need…us to make a monocle, a cigarette case, a cigar box, or even a golden toothpick, we always take pleasure in ambitious proposals…beyond the ordinary.”

Pearl and diamond evening set by M. de Phocas.

Pearl and diamond evening set by M. de Phocas.

Spending some time with Torres and Zambrano on one of their “formal Fridays,” I’m sporting a Gucci silk tapestry evening suit, with a Tom Ford white cotton micro pleated tuxedo shirt, black silk bow tie and cummerbund, black patent opera pumps, and my fragrance is Creed Imperial Millesime, and, of course, my Agate evening set is by M. de Phocas.

Feel free to follow M. de Phocas on Facebook! as well.


  1. francisco says:

    joyas espectaculares y ustedes elegantisimos, unos dandies!!!

  2. Dean says:

    Formal Fridays! I love it! Bring back Beau Brummel ! Long live our classic sartorial traditions! Thanks James for sharing such a great company. I do remember when I wore braces, (“suspenders”) silver collar stays, collar pins, and other wonderful accessories. The images in this post are so beautiful, reminding me of the Prince of Wales…


  3. Nick says:

    Wow – look at you James, one of your best looks yet!

  4. James Andrew says:


    Thank You!

    This was a marvelous story with two super chic young men!



  5. Matt says:

    Dear James,
    Thanks for bringing these 2 uberchic gents on our radar!
    Amazing accessories to spice up our looks.
    The holidays did you good – you look fabulous as ever.
    Hugs Matt

  6. Marc de Paris says:

    Thank you for this very interesting post!

    I am glad about this hommage to Jean Lorrain (who has his portrait at museum Carnavalet, near Marcel Proust’s bedroom). Not many people read “Monsieur de Phocas” in France nowadays. Is he better known in USA?

    I hope that we shall meet next month. Take care

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  8. Francois says:

    Darling, this pic. is just to much – Jesus and Alexis – these name just sound to good to be true. Where do I have to sign in?

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